Tuesday, May 6

Positive baby steps continue

Jackie slept on and off the majority of the night.  We completed the morning routines and saw our Neuro docs.  We will keep staying the course and will review further surgery details with them tomorrow.

Days that we can get Jackie to smile or laugh are always good ones.  Today was one of those days.  He ate small spoonfuls of pudding twice today and also enjoyed ice chips.  I can only imagine how good the ice feels in his throat and how normal eating the pudding must make home feel. PTL

He had PT today and did some stretches as well as took a ride to the walk bridge in the wheelchair.  When we got back to the room, Jackie was not interested in staying in the wheelchair so we moved him back to bed.  I truly believe the Lumbar drain is causing some discomfort.

We had a visit from a different therapy dog today.  She was an 8 year old Sheltie who just passed her therapy dog training a year ago.  She was small and sweet.  Her owner was able to pick her up so Jackie could get a close view from his hospital bed.  I wish he could touch the dogs, but the infection still has him under room restrictions.

We have been working with Jackie to throw balls.  He squeezes and moves them from hand to hand and will release the ball into our hands, but hasn’t thrown them.   Today during PT at the walk bridge we swear he threw it but could not get him to do it again.

All in all it was another good day.  We saw the Rehab docs and they will continue to check in on us to ensure Jackie gets back to Magee at the right time.  It cannot be soon enough as we are so ready to leave the hospital.

The word appreciation does not come close to letting you know how much your love and support means to us.  Thank you.